Sloppy OPCW investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria discredits UN and permanent Security Council members

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Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Sloppy work by the joint OPCW-UN mechanism in the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria on April 4, including an undocumented and broken chain of alleged evidence and condemnation of the “Syrian regime” based on allegedly “credible assumptions” led to a renewed row and posturing, rather More...

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By nsnbc On Monday, October 23rd, 2017
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Abe, LDP and Komeito won super-majority in Japan’s snap elections

nsnbc : Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) – Komeito Party coalition have won a super-majority in Sunday’s parliamentary – lower-house elections. In More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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Iranian court converts death sentence for blashemy to unspecified number of years in jail

nsnbc : An Iranian court, on October 17, converted a death sentence for Soheil Arabi to an unspecified number of years behind bars. He was sentenced to hanging in August 2014 after allegedly defaming the prophet More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Catalonia declared independence; Suspends it for talks with Francoesque Madrid

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont, Tuesday evening, made a formal declaration of independence from Spain to then have it suspended to allow talks with Madrid. The situation in Spain More...

CDU hq. Merkel declares victory despite a result that "could have been better".
By nsnbc On Monday, September 25th, 2017
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CDU and Merkel win German elections; AfD and German patriots the actual winners

nsnbc : Chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU coalition won a fourth term but lost several percent. The Social Democrats (SPD) keep their position as second-largest party despite a historic loss. The SDP won’t More...

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By nsnbc On Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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Colombian bananas: Supreme Court Justice, under investigation for corruption, refuses to step down

nsnbc : Supreme Court Justice Gustavo Malo who was asked to step down after he and his daughter became suspects in a major corruption investigation, refused to abandon his post and insists that it is sufficient More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Saturday, September 9th, 2017
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Oh no, not Dukor again: Illiteracy rate in Mozambique hovers around 45 percent

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Over 90 percent of Mozambicans were illiterate when the country gained its independence from Portugal in 1975. Today over 40 percent of Mozambicans are illiterate with marked differences More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
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Why China’s audacious building plans could be a major strain on African economies

Ricardo Reboredo (TC) : It has been described by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “project of the century”. And the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is certainly ambitious. A massive infrastructural development More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
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North Korea knows it can’t afford to go to war

Ra Mason (TC) : The current flare-up over North Korea’s missile tests and Donald Trump’s belligerent response is frightening for many, but anyone worried that Pyongyang wants to start a war is – fortunately More...

A heroin trafficking dhow seized in Tanzanian waters, docked in Dar es Salaam next to the ferry to Zanzibar. Carina Bruwer
By nsnbc On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Heroin trafficking through South Africa: why here and why now?

Carina Bruwer (TC) : A series of large heroin seizures have been made in South Africa since 2016, but the country is just one of the pitstops on Africa’s heroin highway. The African continent is geographically More...